John Scott: Solo Exhibition

June 26 - July 26, 2008

"Scott’s raw, tough and spontaneous approach to drawing continues to pulse with the undiminished youthful energy of committed rebellion and scathing indictments of the ruling classes. Whatever his chosen medium, primarily drawing and transformed objects, his works are at once apocalyptic and hopeful; they evoke both fear of annihilation and the shrewd instinct to survive; they embody the conflicted state of anxiety that characterizes our being. It is also noteworthy that the appeal of his work is widespread and continues to hold relevance for younger generations as well as collectors, galleries and museums.  More deeply Scott’s artwork is also intended as an act of resistance to the seemingly endless and inevitable cycles of cruelty, violence and abject behaviours that threaten our very existence. Surely the human imagination has greater potential and is more dynamic than that. By making tangible through his art the vast expanse of his knowledge, thoughts and imagination - by giving voice to the voiceless, by calling forth the dark aspects of our being, his artwork is ultimately intended to reflect optimism and hope."

 — David Liss, Director/Curator, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art


Catalogue available with essays by David Liss and Dr. David Dorenbaum.